Assessment of antibiotic use in children by their parents in Saudi Arabia

Alumran, Arwa Khalid O. (2014) Assessment of antibiotic use in children by their parents in Saudi Arabia. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


This project assessed the factors influencing the parents' use of antibiotics in children in Saudi Arabia. It was conducted through the development and validation of the Parental Perceptions on Antibiotics (PAPA) Scales, which is the first valid and reliable instrument directed to measure these factors on a population-based level. This is also the first population-based study that measures the patterns of antibiotic use in children in Saudi Arabia, where a very high association was found between the use of antibiotics and the number of cold episodes a year, which suggests a potential of overuse of antibiotics in Saudi Arabia. Also, it was found that antibiotic use decreases significantly with parents having higher scores in knowledge and beleifs, behaviors, and eagerness to seek health-related information.

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ID Code: 72627
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Hou, Xiang-Yu, Sun, Hansen, & Hurst, Cameron
Keywords: Antibiotics, Antibacterial resistance, Factor analysis, Perceptions, Psychosocial, Purposeful selection of covariates, Reliability, Socioeconomic status, Upper respiratory tract infections, Validity
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2014 06:18
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 05:59

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